The Norwegian Jade has a wonderful itinerary including Malta, Athens, Rome, Izmir and Alexandria. It is definitely one of the cleanest ships I have been on, everywhere you go there is antibacterial spray, including on the elevators and a person to spray your hands when entering the buffets. The ship itself is beautiful with lovely appointed public areas.
The food on the ship was disappointing. I feel there are too many restaurants with an extra cover charge. The food in all the locations for the most part is disappointing. The room service menu was boring and overall the chef's are very heavy with their use of salt. Personally I do not like the open dining as you have different wait staff each evening, so you never developed a relationship with your servers, compared to other ships where your needs are anticipated after the first night or two.
The staff was not the friendliest. The front desk and tour desk need to organize their lines better, as you can be standing in one line for a lengthy period and the next line breezes on. There is only two shops on board, with a 12 night cruise additional venues would be interesting.
The cabin was very comfortable, the air conditioning wonderful and the beds extremely comfortable. Our cabin steward kept our room immaculate the entire trip.
We had the occasion to visit the medical clinic and their staff was personable, professional and extremely efficient. I felt that we were in very capable hands which when travelling so far from home is very comforting.
The city of Alexandria is wonderful, again the same drivers! The new library is a must to see and is the home of the king. Be prepared for all the beggars and haggling over prices!
Aldo met us at the port at the designated time in a sparkling clean mini bus. As we zipped our way to Rome he answered all of our questions. His historical and geographical knowledge was impressive along with his command of the English language. As our interests were varied (our group included a meteorologist, train engineer, former logger, teacher and a bookkeeper) we covered the whole spectrum of topics.
At lunch we had him take us to one of his favorite restaurants, and to our surprise he brought us Italian pastries to eat on our trip back to the ship. The day was extremely enjoyable, the price of the excursion competitive, and Aldo a most engaging young man. He also has tours available from other cities in Italy. I would definitely recommend his company to any who ask. You can see his web site at firstname.lastname@example.org